COLUMBUS — The state Controlling Board on Monday (May 11) approved more than $132 million in funding to bolster unemployment benefits, provide assistance for small businesses and manufacturers and support state and local COVID-19 response efforts in Ohio.
The action comes as the state enters the next phase of the governor’s “restart,” which will see retail, personal services and outdoor dining begin to reopen this week.
“The Democratic Caucus is working hard to support vulnerable Ohioans. I’m encouraged by this financial support for small businesses and manufacturing, which we need in Youngstown,” state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown said in a news release. “As this pandemic continues, we need to keep the pressure on the Republican majority to find solutions for childcare.”
The Controlling Board approved more than $112 million in federal funds Monday, including:
- $52.5 million to support Ohio’s unemployment insurance program
- $20.9 million to the Ohio Department of Health to aid the state’s COVID-19 response, combat substance abuse and overdoses, and support other federally funded programs
- $15.9 million for state and local law enforcement’s coronavirus response, including the purchase of PPE and medical assistance to inmates in state and local facilities
- Nearly $13 million to expand the state’s contact tracing program to detect, isolate and contain the spread of COVID-19
- $3.8 million in federal CARES Act funding to assist Ohio manufacturers amid the global pandemic
- $6.7 million for small-business assistance
- $116,227 to help local businesses seeking federal, state and local government contracts
Additionally, the Controlling Board approved $20 million in state funds to support the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service’s coronavirus response, including funding for pharmaceutical and medical supplies, PPE and other costs associated with the response.